The I’m Really A Dog Person Skirt

Shocking confession time: Until about three years ago, I would have said I was a dog person. WHAT? I know. I KNOW. BETRAYAL.

I actually grew up with dogs. We had a HORRIBLE cat when I was young, Nadia, and like most horrible things she just lived for flipping EVER. My mother adopted that mean calico in college and the animal just would not die. Horrible cat. Horrible even to my mother, her savior. Horrible. But that’s cats for you, ungrateful, selfish, never kind. Right?

Mom, how could you say such things about me and my kind? I’m so upset I’m just going to have to sleep for 9 hours to deal with these emotions. Excuse me.

So we had dogs. Sweet stupid wonderful dogs filled with doggie happiness. I love dogs, I really do. My school mascot was a dog, in college, and I actually got to meet the fellow. Here is how I felt about meeting Handsome Dan in real life:

Right? In my disposition I’m actually quite dog-like. I’m cheerful, I pant easily, I love food, I enjoy getting my belly rubbed, it’s all there! I’m literally a person who is like a dog.

But somehow along the way, these devious plotting fuzzy jerks (i.e. cats) have crept their ways into my life. And what can I do? I love them. They are cute! They are interesting! They are consistently weird and funny! They’ve got tails and they chase bugs! I’m into them, what can I say….

So I made a skirt. As an ode to these creatures who have infiltrated my life and show no signs of leaving.

Ha, I forced Becca to take these photos in Target near O’Hare Airport. Yeah. I did this whole “oh, I’m shopping, are you taking a photo, how surprising!” thing. Super cute.

The fabric is the Tammis Keefe for Michael Miller line which came out, I don’t know, 2 years ago? But somehow I JUST discovered it and HAD to have it so off I went to le Ebay to spend some cash on new fabric, which is NOT what I’m supposed to be doing right now. Remorseless spendthrift that I am, I got it, I cut it, (thank you, Vivet Veritas’ free half-circle skirt pattern!) and I made it. Additionally, Remorseless Spendthrift is 100% going to be my indie rock band name.

Still, a woman complimented me as we boarded the plane back to Philadelphia, so I consider it money well spent.

Cute, no? Certainly crazy-cat-lady approved.

The fabric is really adorable. Take a look:

How adorable are these cats? Even loving dogs, as I do, I just can’t help it. SO. CUTE. They all look so happy with themselves. Of course, cats always do…

Of course, I could do as much jumping as usual, us being in public and all. Still I made some spinning happen, at least…

I don’t know that you REALLY need a back view of this very simple very easy to make skirt, but just in case, here it is.

I know it’s not my most exciting project ever, but it was fast and easy and fun and makes nice use of this ADORABLE fabric, so I’m pretty into it. And sometimes, you really just need something fast, fun and easy in a gorgeous fabric that celebrates an animal you haven’t ALWAYS loved, but can’t help loving now…

And as a final image, please enjoy this photo of Becca’s cat, Eloise. Eloise is a MEAN cat. Still, she’s pretty cute, right?


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25 responses to “The I’m Really A Dog Person Skirt

  1. Whaaat I’ve never seen a cat with a tail like Eloise’s. Crazy. She looks ready to beat me up. As for your skirt, cute and hilarious and appropriately color-coordinated with the surrounding Target environment. I think my favorite cat on your skirt is the orange one — he looks so chuffed with himself.

    • Oh, man, Eloise is a meanie, she would totally beat you up! But she does have a cool Calico tail, it’s true. Becca is a saint to put up with her, I swear. I know, these photos are uber yellow, much like the Target itself. It’s modern urban camouflage.

  2. punkmik

    Aww I love this fabric! I am a cat person and may just have to try find something similar. πŸ™‚

  3. What a cute skirt, love that fabric. And I’m not just saying that cos I’m scared of Eloise….

  4. You crack me up! I love this skirt – this fabric is perfect!

  5. damn. eloise LOOKS like a mean cat. did she murder the photographer after?

    i love your skirt & that waist detailing! i like seeing “simple” makes too– though what you call “simple” has me scratching my head in confusion– i’ve ruined 5 yards of fabric trying to make circle skirts. for reals.

    • I am the photographer, and yes, she did murder me, which means I’m actually a zombie now, albeit a pretty together and non-brain eating one. So Eloise made a zombie. Fact. She’s the worst.

      Ha, I have killed a lot of good fabric on the “simple” stuff, but for this one I actually had a pattern, I don’t self draft, that’s for crazy people with far more talent then I.

  6. karen shaw-jones

    your skirt is cute, I’ve just made a shirt in the grey/pink cats fabric!

  7. Love it! My husband was an avowed dog lover, and always made me promise that we could have two English Bulldogs once we had a house of our own… seriously, two of those things? They cost $2000 each, have chronic (and expensive) medical bills because they are so over-bred, and are dumb as posts… all of that is balanced only by their ugly adorableness! Luckily for me, he’s fallen in love with my parents’ cat while we are living with them, and now only wants cats forever after. Phew! (I grew up with dogs too, and I do love them… I’m just lazy and really like cat’s bitchy personalities! πŸ˜‰

    • Hahahaha, I do adore Bulldogs, I must say, but the PRICE of purebreeds is crazytown, as is the inbreeding they do to make sure the line is pure…cats are much easier, though perfect for lazy people (like me!)

  8. So cute! I always want to try novelty prints, especially Fab cats! Very special,Leah!

  9. Cute skirt! Great fabric and style.

  10. Cute skirt! And you definitely got the perfect picture to capture the mean-ness of Eloise, though perhaps if she didn’t have the same name as an old lady she’d be less crotchety? πŸ˜‰ I would consider myself to be an equal opportunity animal lover, anything that is cute, well-behaved, and friendly is likely to be well loved.

    • Hahaha, I think she was named after the children’s book about the little girl who lives in the Plaza Hotel in New York. But STILL, She’s just mean, and not well behaved at all, at least, not to me…

  11. I considered not leaving a comment since you started out talking about dogs, but then I saw the skirt and had to forgive you for your canine inclinations. I’m a cat person (both in my personality and my pet choice) through and through, so I totally condone spending money to acquire this fabric! And yes, sometimes a simple skirt is just the ticket! Great job, as always, in both fabric choice and execution!

  12. I had that in gray and made pillowcases! I love it in red though, now I wish I had bought the red 😦

  13. ohhh lovely skirt, i ADORE the fabric print!

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